Sunday 28th October 2018

Psalm 34

I will bless the LORD at all times;

his praise shall continually be in my mouth…

…Look to him, and be radiant;

so your faces shall never be ashamed.  …

…O taste and see that the LORD is good;

happy are those who take refuge in him.

Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the LORD rescues them from them all…

Hebrews 7:23-28 

…Consequently he is able for all time to save those who approach God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them…

Mark 10:46-52   

They came to Jericho…Bartimaeus son of Timaeus, a blind beggar, was sitting by the roadside… “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”  Many sternly ordered him to be quiet, but he cried out even more loudly,.. Then Jesus said to him, “What do you want me to do for you?” The blind man said to him, “My teacher, let me see again.” Jesus said to him, “Go; your faith has made you well.”

Immediately he regained his sight and followed him on the way.

New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America.

There is a depth to our existence; creation is more what is seen. There is a universe within us, an inner land, and we live and breathe and have our being in God. The visible, what we can see, touch and reason to be so is woven through and through by the spiritual, creating the whole of reality. If we consider the material to be the whole of reality we miss the source of all glory and are blind to the oppression and battle that is being fought for good and for evil within us and around us. In the spiritual realm there is light and there is darkness. God is light and in him there is no darkness. God is love. This is the confidence of the psalmist, this is our place of safety.

God is good, and he is love. We are commanded to choose life. This is a real choice.

There are afflictions and there is much suffering. We may be experiencing a slow death, mentally or physically; we may be the victims of poor health or inequality; we may be the oppressed and the abused but there is a deeper reality. It may all be darkness.

Out of our darkness we cry out to Jesus, son of David. Bartimaeus, son of Timaeus, cries out of his darkness. He knows Jesus as his teacher and he cries out for what he needs. Casting off his cloak he runs towards him, asks to see and his faith heals him. What does he have faith in?

Having been immediately healed he follows Jesus, the teacher, along the way.

Sometimes it feels as if our voice echoes in a void of darkness and many stand against us. Faith in God fills that space and we hear the call to come to him. And we ask. With the psalmist we bless, praise, look to and taste God, who redeems us and recues us. Our eyes are opened; we see God. The reality of our affliction is more than our blindness; creation is more than our sufferings. Approaching God through Jesus our faith is made complete and Jesus joins with our cry, interceding for us.

God is good, and he is love. We are commanded to ask. This is a real choice.

Jesus is Lord and he is God. God is love and out of his love he will answer our faith. In Christ we find that our humanity, a humanity we share with Christ, is empowered to choose life and ask. Our prayer brings glory to God and God is glorified in our healing as Jesus adds his voice to ours in the battle for our hearts within and without. Jesus is the Word of creation and the reason for our hope. Do not give up, keep coming to Jesus, to the victory of the cross, and keep asking.

 

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